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Drew Karpyshyn is leaving Bioware... again
« on: March 13, 2018, 09:42:28 AM »
For those who don't know him, Karpyshyn was the lead writer for KOTOR, the first Mass Effect and a large part of Mass Effect 2 he didn't work on Mass Effect 3 because he left Bioware at about the same time officially to work on his own projects (Mark Walters, his "second" was the one taking the lead on ME3 up to the disastrous ending that he wrote solely in collaboration with Casey Hudson and with the results we all sadly know). He didn't work on Mass Effect Andromeda either. In 2015 however, Karpyshyn was back to Bioware to work some more on Star Wars: The Old Republic (a MMO for which he was the lead writer back in the days) but first and foremost on Anthem (the upcoming multiplayer game that EA Bioware -- yeah the "EA" is sadly an important part now -- is developing).

And then a few days ago the announcement was made that Drew Karpyshyn was leaving Bioware again, officially to work again on his own projects but with an interesting twist; he's also going to work for another developer (which he didn't do during the precedent 3 years he was off Bioware) although officially it's just "freelance gaming work". Officially, EA would like us to believe that the work of Karpyshyn on Anthem was done anyway so roughly they don't need him anymore. Unofficially, Anthem is currently losing more people that it is gaining fans. Because Karpyshyn is only the last one to go. Other less public but still important developers already jumped boats.

No need to say, when that happens to a title that is in the middle of it's development cycle, it's always a bad omen. People leaving after a title is released... no problem, that happens frequently enough... But right during the development? Ouch.



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